Classic Black Russian Cocktail

Originals are sometimes more classic

This mixture of Vodka and Kahlua has been pleasing the American cocktail palate since the outbreak of the Cold War. It’s a bit of a versatile cocktail that’s best enjoyed as a Nightcap.

This simple, 2-ingredient Black Russian cocktail has everything you’d want in a classic nightcap.

Everyone loves a good nightcap! They are like the cherry on top of a perfect evening. This simple, 2-ingredient Black Russian cocktail has everything you’d want in your bedtime drink.

As the original “Russian” cocktail, the Black Russian has quite the history behind it. The cocktail was developed in the 1940s by Gustave Tops, a bartender at the Hotel Metropole in Brussels, when he created the drink for Perle Mesta, the American ambassador to Luxembourg.

Mesta was known as “the hostess with the mostes” for throwing some of the best parties in Washington D.C. It was at these parties where she supposedly served Black Russians to her guests. Thanks to Mesta, the Black Russian took off in popularity and soon after its sister cocktail, The White Russian, was born.

The Black Russian is considered a classic vodka cocktail. In fact, only the Black Russian is listed as official in the Contemporary Classics section, while the White Russian is listed as a variation of the drink recipe. Both variations are categorized as digestifs, also known as after dinner cocktails.

Traditionally, this cocktail contained five parts vodka to two parts coffee liqueur, per IBA specified ingredients. The vodka was then poured over ice cubes in an old-fashioned glass and then topped with the coffee liqueur. Today, there is much more liberty with the ratios of ingredients use. Take advantage of this and create the perfect cocktail to suit your palate.

Want to try something a little different with your Black Russian? Pinterest is full of flavor variations for the Black Russian. There are even variations of this cocktail where whiskey and stout are substituted for vodka. We haven’t tried them that way yet, but if it looks good we say try it!

This is how you make this classic Black Russian cocktail recipe!

 

Black Russian

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Vodka
  • 1 Ounce Coffee Liqueur
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Rocks Glass
  • Mixing Glass
  • Bar Spoon
  • Strainer

 

Preparation

Classic Black Russian: Add vodka and coffee liqueur into a mixing glass with ice. Stir till chilled. Strain into a Rocks glass, and add a few ice cubes. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 167 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 9.9 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 9.8 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 6

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This Espresso Martini Nightcap will knock your socks off

The Perfect Espresso Martini [Affogato] Nightcap

It’s Our Favorite Nightcap

This Espresso Martini is a simply delicious nightcap that is perfect for coffee lovers everywhere. Add a few tablespoons of Vanilla Gelato to the glass and make it Affogato!

The Perfect Espresso Martini [Affogato] Nightcap

Coffee is one of those bases that makes great cocktails from Black Russians to Irish Coffees. And when it comes to coffee, there’s nothing I love more than espresso. So when we came across these Espresso Martinis, my heart sang with the joy of a thousand tenors.

I don’t always have a nightcap, but when I do this cocktail is at the top of my list. This Espresso Martini is one of those perfectly caffeinated cocktails, that blends the taste of coffee liqueur, vodka, and freshly brewed espresso.

I save the good stuff [the bottles from my splurge list] for my favorite cocktails. For my perfect Espresso Martini recipe, I used Van Gogh Vodka and Patrón XO Café Dark Cocoa [it’s a chocolate coffee liqueur made with tequila instead of rum like Kahlua].

One of my favorite treats is Affogato, chocolate or vanilla gelato [you can do it with ice cream too] topped with freshly brewed espresso. So I Frankensteined them together and made an Espresso Martini Affogato. I just had to, and it was delicious! To make this nightcap affogato, add one to two large spoonfuls of gelato to the bottom of your glass and pour the espresso martini over top.

Here’s the recipe to our killer Espresso Martini [Affogato]!

Espresso Martini

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Vodka
  • 1 Ounce Espresso
  • ½ Ounce Coffee Liqueur
  • ¼ Ounce Simple Syrup
  • 1-2 tbsp Vanilla Gelato [Optional]
  • Espresso Beans for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Coupe or Cocktail Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker

Preparation

Perfect Espresso Martini: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, and pour all of your ingredients on top. Give it a good shake, until chilled. Pour into chilled coupe or cocktail glass. Garnish with espresso beans, enjoy!

Make it Affogato: Prepare cocktail as above. Add one to two tablespoons of Vanilla Gelato to the bottom of a coupe glass, and pour Espresso martini on top. Garnish with espresso beans, enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 160 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 3 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 3 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 14.3

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This simple candy cane infused vodka cocktail with vanilla schnapps and cranberry juice is full of holiday cheer!

Festive Candy Cane Martini

Tis the Season!

This simple candy cane infused cocktail is full of holiday cheer!

Simple and festive Candy Cane Martini recipe

Sweet. Spicy. Tangy. Savory. You just can’t go wrong with tastes of the season! No wonder Andy Williams said, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” There’s something about these flavors that make me happy and create very delicious cocktails.

This candy cane martini recipe merges the flavors of homemade candy cane infused vodka, vanilla schnapps, and cranberry juice into a seasonal mixed cocktail you cannot put down.

We are one week closer to Christmas and my house is still full of Christmas candy from Saint Nicholas’ day. That’s December 6th for those who didn’t know. So when life gives you candy canes, make candy cane infused vodka!

Now, if you’ve never made candy cane infused vodka before, don’t worry. It’s very easy to do, and Erin from The Speckled Palate has a wonderfully simple recipe for you to follow if you want to make your own candy cane infused vodka.

How to make candy cane infused vodka via The Speckled Palate

Images in graphic from The Speckled Palate

I made this recipe to have on hand for the holidays, and I have at least three extra mason jars still infusing. You can bet someone’s getting these as a Christmas present wrapped with a bow and recipe card to make this fantastic martini.

Now let’s show you how to make this festive Candy Cane Martini recipe!

Candy Cane Martini

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 5 Ounces Candy Cane Vodka
  • 2 Ounces Vanilla Schnapps
  • 2 Ounces Cranberry Juice
  • Red Sugar for rims
  • Halved Candy Cane for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Cocktail Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker

Preparation

Sugar Rims: Fill a small plate with red sugar, making sure the sugar on the plate is thick enough to cover the rim of your glass. Run a lemon or lime wedge along the rim of the glass. Dip rim into the sugar to evenly coat. Shake off excess and set aside.

Candy Cane Martini: Add candy cane infused vodka, vanilla schnapps, and cranberry juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until chilled, around 30 seconds or so. Strain evenly into sugar rimmed cocktail glasses. Garnish with half of a candy cane. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 150 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 3 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 3 Protein (g) 0.1 Sodium (mg) 8.5

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Forget Screwdrivers! Try a Harvey Wallbanger.

Forget Screwdrivers! Try a Harvey Wallbanger

Give this retro cocktail a try

Vodka and orange juice get kicked up a notch with herbal notes from Galliano in this cocktail.

How to make a Harvey Wallbanger cocktail

When you think vodka and orange juice you typically think Screwdriver, right? Well if you grew up in the 70’s, you might remember this citrusy cocktail. The Harvey Wallbanger was born in the era that brought us cocktails like the mudslide and Long Island Iced Tea. The hodgepodge type of cocktails that were given silly names.

This 3 ingredient cocktail has a murky origin. Folks believe it was created by bartender Duke Antone, the creator of the Rusty Nail and White Russian, back in the 50’s. You can read more about the Harvey Wallbanger’s strange history from Robert Simonson’s Searching for Harvey Wallbanger.

National Harvey Wallbanger day falls on November 8th, which is funny because we’re going to need a few this election day.

This is how you make a Harvey Wallbanger!

 

Harvey Wallbanger

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1½ Ounces Vodka
  • 3 Ounces Fresh Orange Juice
  • ½ Ounce Galliano
  • Orange Peel for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Highball Glasses
  • Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Harvey Wallbanger:Fill a highball glass halfway with ice. Add vodka and orange juice, and stir together to combine. Top with Galliano. Garnish with orange peel, and enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 187 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 15 Dietary Fiber (g) 0.1 Total Sugars (g) 13 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 10

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Drink of the week: Pumpkin Martini

Halloween Party Ready Pumpkin Martini

Jack O’Lanterns, beware!

Looking for a pumpkin themed cocktail to serve for a Halloween party? This Pumpkin Martini will make your cauldron bubble.

Halloween Party Ready Pumpkin Martini Recipe

Someone better go tell Charlie Brown. In the affray of Pumpkin Pie and Pumpkin Spiced flavored everything, this martini is the Great Pumpkin we’ve been looking for. Our list of fall cocktail creations includes all kinds of Pumpkin Flavored drinks, but this cocktail is pure and simple deliciousness.

Halloween is one of my favorite times of year. Temperatures begin to cool, there are decorations everywhere, and it becomes socially acceptable to wear black all month without questions. Yes, Halloween is a grand time for haunted houses and parties with friends. My family throws a large Halloween party for friends, family, and neighbors every year. It has become a kind of tradition. So has crafting goolish cocktails and goodies for our guests. Oddly enough, though, we haven’t gotten around to a pumpkin-flavored cocktail until now.

Using pumpkin pie filling and a spiced simple syrup, like Eli Mason Spiced Simple Syrup, makes this the ultimate fall flavored cocktail. We also used straight vodka and added in vanilla instead of using flavored vodka, but feel free to cut corners and use a good vanilla vodka if you like. These flavors really mingle well together in a chilled glass.

This cocktail is served neat in a sugar rimmed cocktail glass [cause there’s no such thing as a “martini glass”]. It makes it even more festive to use colored sugar for Halloween. We suggest using the classic Halloween colors: Black, orange, and green for your sugar rims.

Now let’s show you how you make a Pumpkin Martini!

 

Pumpkin Martini

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Vodka
  • 1 Tablespoon Pumpkin Pie Filling
  • ½ Ounce Spiced Simple Syrup
  • ½ Teaspoon Vanilla
  • Sugar for Rims
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Cocktail Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker w/ Strainer

 

Preparation

Sugar Rims: Fill a small plate with the sugar of your choice, making sure the sugar on the plate is thick enough to cover the rim of your glass. Run a lemon or lime wedge along the rim of the glass. Dip rim into the sugar to evenly coat. Set aside.

Pumpkin Martini: Add ingredients into a cocktail shaker full of ice. Shake for about 30 seconds or until chilled. Strain into a prepared cocktail glass. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 153 Fat (g) 7 Saturated Fat (g) 4 Potassium (mg) 139 Carbohydrates (g) 5 Dietary Fiber (g) 1 Total Sugars (g) 1 Protein (g) 2 Sodium (mg) 30

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You'll want to pucker up for this Amaretto Cranberry Kiss

Amaretto-Cranberry Kiss

It’s time to upgrade from a simple Vodka Cranberry

The Cranberry Kiss melds the sweetness of Amaretto with the tangy bite of cranberry juice and the smoothness of vodka.

Brio Smart Life Drink of the week: Amaretto-Cranberry Kiss

Also referred to as the Amaretto-Cranberry Kiss, this Drink of the Week recipe was adapted from Meredith Deeds & Carla Snyder’s 8 servings recipe at Bon Appetit. This fall cocktail found a way to mellow out the sweetness of Amaretto with the tangy bite of cranberry and citrus juices and the smooth feel of vodka.

Like most young folks who don’t know any better, my first cocktail at a bar was a Vodka Cranberry. I figured it’s tart and sweet, why not! Of course, my cocktail palate has grown from there, but I still sometimes find myself finding ways to mix vodka and cranberry juice together in a cocktail. One of those ways was a Valentine’s Day cocktail I dubbed the Sweet Loven’ Martini. The Cranberry Kiss is the next upgrade from the simple Vodka Cranberry.

Now if you don’t like sweet cocktails – sorry mate – this one ain’t for you. While it’s not extra sweet, some folks like me find Amaretto very sweet. That’s why you need something with a tang, like cranberry juice, to cut down on the sweet factor. Using freshly squeezed orange juice can also help cut down the sweetness by not introducing any added sugar to your cocktail. That added sugar is what can also cause a nasty hangover if you aren’t too careful.

[You might want to try one of these treats to offset that hangover if you are going to be drinking a lot of fruity sugary drinks.]

You all know by now, as long as it isn’t Aristocrat, I’m not that picky with my choice of Vodka. I save my snobbery for Whiskey, like a lady. We recently stocked up the liquor cabinet for Hurricane Matthew, that’s headed our way this weekend. Riding out a Cat 2 storm just isn’t the same if you don’t have a Hurricane Party. So I picked up a bottle of Svedka. Svedka is one of those great value brand vodkas that won’t break the bank. They also specialize in fruit-flavored vodkas, so keep that in mind for the future. Hint-Hint. Nudge-Nudge.

Now let’s show you how you make a Cranberry Kiss!

 

Cranberry Kiss

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1¹⁄³ Ounces Vodka
  • 2²⁄³ Ounces Cranberry Juice
  • 2/3 Ounce Amaretto
  • 2/3 Ounce Orange Juice
  • Lemon Twist for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Cocktail Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker

 

Preparation

Cranberry Kiss: Pour all the ingredients into an ice filled cocktail shaker. Shake for about 20 seconds, or until the drink is properly chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon twist. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 158.01 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 20.76 Carbohydrates (g) 18.31 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 9.53 Protein (g) 0.06 Sodium (mg) 1.6

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5 palate pleasing vodka cocktails from the Brio Smart Life Blog

5 Palate Pleasing Vodka Cocktails You Need to Try Right Now

When You Need Some Vodka In Your Life

Every cocktail enthusiast should have a go-to vodka cocktail. But as most bartenders will tell you, the Moscow Mule is so overrated! You should be trying these 5 palate pleasing vodka cocktails instead.

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Hemsley Collins

5 Palate Pleasing Vodka Cocktails - Hemsley Collins

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the Week

Tom Collins lovers take note. The Hemsley Collins is a refreshingly light and tart take on the Vodka Collins that you should be drinking right now. Unlike a regular vodka Collins, a Hemsley Collins uses raw honey in exchange for granulated sugar or simple syrup. It does still have that tart bite you’ve come to expect from Collins drinks, but it’s not too strong.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1¾ Ounces Vodka
  • 1½ Ounces Lemon Juice
  • 2 Ounces Raw Honey
  • 5 Ounces San Pellegrino Sparkling Water
  • Mint & Lemon Slices for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Collins Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Bar Spoon

How to make a Hemsley Collins

In a cocktail shaker, add vodka, lemon juice, and honey. Shake well, and pour into ice-filled Collins glasses. Top with San Pellegrino. Add a few slices of lemon and stir. Garnish with mint. Enjoy!

 

Black Russian

5 Palate Pleasing Vodka Cocktails - Black Russian

Image / Recipe from // Brio Classic Cocktails

The Black Russian is a classic vodka cocktail. This mixture of Vodka and Kahlua has been pleasing the American cocktail palate since the outbreak of the Cold War. It’s a bit of a versatile cocktail that’s best enjoyed as a Nightcap. If you find yourself so inclined, add a splash of milk or cream to this cocktail and you have yourself a White Russian.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Vodka
  • 1 Ounce Coffee Liqueur
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Rocks Glass
  • Mixing Glass
  • Bar Spoon
  • Strainer

How to make a Black Russian

Add ingredients into a mixing glass with ice. Stir and strain into a Rocks glass filled with ice. Enjoy!

 

Pear Vanilla Cocktail

5 Palate Pleasing Vodka Cocktails - Pear Vanilla Cocktail

Image / Recipe from // Two-Tarts

So simple, elegant, and tastes like Fall perfection. This Pear Vanilla vodka cocktail is an easy made cocktail that has a real aromatic brightness that you can taste. This is the perfect cocktail for a lazy evening in. This recipe has been adapted from Two-Tart’s 4 servings to a single serving.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 3 Ounces Pear Juice
  • 1½ Ounces Vodka
  • 1/8 Vanilla Bean, Seeds Scraped
  • Vanilla Sugar to Garnish Rim
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Rocks Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker

How to make a Pear Vanilla Vodka Cocktail

Add pear juice and vodka to a shaker with ice. Split open the vanilla pod and scrape the seeds into the shaker. Shake until chilled, or about 20 to 30 seconds. Pour into a sugar rimmed rocks glass filled with ice. Enjoy!

 

The Frenchy Cocktail

5 Palate Pleasing Vodka Cocktails - The Frenchy

Image / Recipe from // The OP Life

If you are looking for a tangy and fruity vodka cocktail, then look no further! The Frenchy pairs the tanginess of pineapple and cranberry juices with the subtle sweetness of pear vodka. It’s an easy [and yummy] 3 ingredient vodka cocktail that you’ll want to add to your party list.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1½ Ounces Grey Goose Pear Vodka
  • 3 Ounces Pineapple Juice
  • 1 Ounce Cranberry Juice
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Rocks Glass
  • Bar Spoon

How to make the Frenchy

Pour in the pear vodka and pineapple juice into a rocks glass filled with ice. Give it a stir, and top with cranberry juice. Enjoy!

 

Elyx Cup

5 Palate Pleasing Vodka Cocktails - Elyx Cup

Image / Recipe from // Ethan Calabrese / Delish

If Spa Water had an alcoholic cousin, it would be the Elyx Cup. This cocktail is refreshingly bubbly with a clean citrus finish. We like this cocktail because it has a lot to offer without being overly complicated or sour. It also makes an interesting alternative to a typical vodka mojito.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 6 Fresh Mint Leaves
  • 2 Slices Cucumber
  • 2 Ounces Absolut Elyx Vodka
  • ¾ Ounce Lime Juice
  • ½ Ounce Simple Syrup
  • Prosecco
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Rocks Glass
  • Muddler or Bar Spoon
  • Cocktail Shaker

How to make an Elyx Cup

Muddle the mint and cucumber together at the bottom of a rocks glass. Next, add vodka, lime juice, and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake till chilled. Add crushed ice to glass and pour in mixture. Top cocktail with a splash of Prosecco. Enjoy!

 

 

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How to make a Classic Cosmopolitan

How To Make Classic Cosmo

It’s Carrie Bradshaw’s Cocktail of Choice

With 90’s fashion making a comeback, let’s shine the spotlight on this 90’s classic cocktail. This is how you mix up a Classic Cosmo!

How to make a Classic Cosmo

Cosmopolitan. With 90’s fashion making a comeback, it seems only fitting that a drink iconic to the decade should be given the spotlight as a classic cocktail. I think Carrie Bradshaw would be quite pleased.

The Cosmopolitan is a descendant of a drink called the Daisy (circa 1934), a drink composed of gin, Cointreau, lemon juice, and raspberry syrup. Years later, three people can be credited with formulating the Cosmo recipe. The original came from bartender Cheryl Cook in 1985 at The Strand in Miami’s South Beach. According to Cook, she used “Absolut Citron, a splash of triple sec, a drop of Rose’s Lime Juice and just enough cranberry to make it oh so pretty in pink and topped [it] with a curled lemon twist.” Her goal was to create an alternative to a Martini but still keep the drink sophisticated, which is why she named the cocktail after the Cosmopolitan magazine.

A few years later in New York, Toby Cecchini of The Odeon and Dale Degroff of the Rainbow Rooms can be credited with creating the Cosmo we came to know and love. Both bartenders switched from using lime cordial to fresh lime and used Absolut Citron as their vodka, while keeping the use of Cointreau and cranberry juice the same.

Carrie Bradshaw drinking a Cosmopolitan

The Cosmopolitan was officially launched into stardom when Madonna was photographed drinking the cocktail at the Rainbow Room Grammy party in 1996. A few years later, the widely popular TV show Sex in the City established the Cosmopolitan as an icon in pop culture, with it being the main characters’ drink of choice. From there, the cocktail took on a personality of its own and topped drink lists across the country.

Now that the nostalgia has been taken care of, let’s look at how to make a Classic Cosmopolitan.

 

Classic Cosmo

Yields: 1 Servings
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1½ Ounces Citrus Vodka
  • ½ Ounce Cointreau
  • 1 Ounce Cranberry Juice
  • ¼ Ounce Fresh Lime Juice
  • Flamed Orange Twist for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Martini Glass
  • Jigger
  • Cocktail Shaker w/Strainer

 

Preparation

Classic Cosmopolitan: Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Shake well and strain into a chilled Martini glass. Garnish with a flamed orange twist or lime wedge. Last but not least, channel your inner Carrie Bradshaw and enjoy your perfectly made, stylish cocktail.

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 213 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 13 Dietary Fiber (g) 0.1 Total Sugars (g) 11.4 Protein (g) 0.1 Sodium (mg) 1

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Hemsley Collins

The Tale of A Bartender’s Delicious Mistake

Tom Collins lovers take note. The Hemsley Collins is a refreshingly light and tart take on the Vodka Collins that you should be drinking right now.

Drink of the week: Hemsley Collins

I have a bit of a confession to make to make to you Brio Readers. Until last night, I have never tried a vodka Collins. That was until last night at dinner when the bartender used Gordon’s vodka in my Tom Collins instead of Gordon’s gin. Oh, the scandal of it all!

via Giphy // I’ll give you Collins lovers out there a minute to recover from the shock

I know, I know! I’m more of a gin in my Collins kind of girl. I will add a little caveat that she forgot to use simple syrup in the drink, which made the cocktail a bit more tart than I was expecting, but still sippable. Anyways, I liked it. Let’s just say my cocktail horizons were opened just little a bit.

So when I got home, I looked up a recipe for a Vodka Collins and came across this delicious little number called a Hemsley Collins on Pinterest. Wondering how it tasted, I opened up the liquor cabinet and got to mixing.

Unlike a regular vodka Collins, a Hemsley Collins uses raw honey in exchange for granulated sugar or simple syrup. It does still have that tart bite you come to expect from Collins drinks, but it’s not too strong. You can also up the honey if you like it a little sweeter. I added another tablespoon of organic honey after a little taste test. For this cocktail, I used San Pellegrino Sparkling Water [because yes I have a case of it I need to use up] and Gordon’s Vodka, as it’s what the bartender was using and it wasn’t hard to find at the local ABC store.

The Hemsley Collins is a refreshingly light and tart take on the Vodka Collins, and might just be a new addition to my night out cocktail list. Sometimes your bartender’s mix up can be one wonderful experience.

 

Hemsley Collins

Yields: 2 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1.7 Ounces Vodka
  • 1½ Ounces Lemon Juice
  • 2 Ounces Raw Honey
  • 5 Ounces San Pellegrino Sparkling Water
  • Mint & Lemon Slices for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Collins Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Hemsley Collins: In a cocktail shaker, add vodka, lemon juice, and honey. Shake well, and pour into ice-filled Collins glasses. Top with San Pellegrino. Add a few slices of lemon and stir. Garnish with mint. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 120 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 20 Carbohydrates (g) 3.06 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 2.44 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 22

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Drink of the week: Tipsy Raspberry Iced Tea

Tipsy Raspberry Iced Tea

Carol Channing isn’t the only one who loves Raspberries

We have reached the end of National Iced Tea Month and this last themed drink of the week is sure to be your favorite. Sip on this happy marriage of Chambord and Iced Tea in our Tipsy Raspberry Iced Tea Cocktail.

Drink of the week: Tipsy Raspberry Iced Tea

We are so happy National Iced Tea Month came, but we are sad to see it leave. So we are going to end this National Iced Tea Month Cocktail Series with a bang! It is Fourth of July Weekend after all. We are looking forward to some R&R, family time, and of course fireworks. We have some amazing fireworks displays here in the Port City and surrounding beach communities that would make Gatsby jealous.

Great Gatsby Fireworks Giph from Giphy.

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The Tipsy Raspberry Iced Tea was inspired by my first experience tasting Chambord, a raspberry liqueur. On its own, I found Chambord too sweet to drink straight, but when paired with the strong, full-bodied taste of black tea, the raspberry liqueur became much more tolerable for my sweet tooth. Which is why the Simple Syrup is optional in this recipe. I included it for some of our readers who prefer sweet iced tea to unsweetened tea.

Since this is Fourth of July Weekend, this Tipsy Raspberry Iced Tea recipe was made as a pitcher cocktail. Meaning the recipe should yield 6 to 8 servings when served in highball or collins glasses. You’ll get much more out of the recipe if you serve them in mini mason jars or old fashioned glasses, though. Nothing says ‘American chic’ like drinking fancy cocktails out of mason jars. Let’s say Cheers to the birth of our nation with a glass of Tipsy Raspberry Iced Tea.

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Tipsy Raspberry Iced Tea

Yields: 6-8 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 12 Ounces Chambord Liquor
  • 4 Ounces Vodka
  • 64 Ounces Black Tea
  • Simple Syrup [Optional]
  • Raspberries & Orange Slices for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Highball Glass
  • Tea Pot & Pitcher
  • Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Pre-prep the Black Tea: Fill a kettle with 64 Ounces [that’s 8 cups] of water and bring it to a boil. Take kettle off the heat and pour water into a pitcher with about 4 tea bags [or the equivalent of loose tea in a tea strainer]. Steep tea until the water cools down. Remove the tea bag [or strainer] and chill tea in the Fridge for at least 15 to 20 minutes.

 

Tipsy Raspberry Iced Tea: Remove pitcher from fridge, and add ice to chilled Iced Tea. Pour in Chambord and vodka into the iced tea, and add desired amount of simple syrup [Optional]. Stir together, and add in raspberries, oranges, and more ice if needed. Pour mixture into high ball glasses, and garnish drinks with a couple of raspberries and a slice or two of orange. Squeeze the oranges for added flavor. Enjoy!

 

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 200 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 11 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 11 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 0

 

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